Don’t get me wrong: I am all for the freedom of speech and a clever protest. It’s one of the most incredible things about this country of ours. But I am sick and tired of Hollywood and high ranking politicians simply phoning it in.
For instance, when prominent feminist figures such as Lena Dunham threaten to leave the United States should Donald Trump win the 2016 election, they should actually do it, not renege is some tired “I need to stay here and fight” sort of nonsense. You’re not doing any fighting, Lena. In fact, I’m not sure exactly what you’re doing these days. I’m okay with that.
Also, these Hollywood types who are out there having their photos taking at the head of protests only to be whisked away in their limos shortly after: You’re the reason that virtue signaling is turning violent. Stop it.
Now, in the face of the latest manufactured meltdown of the mainstream media, a number of celebrities, as well as a couple of noteworthy politicians, are pretending that they too can “suffer” for a cause by enduring one of the most ridiculous and shallow “protests” of all time: The 24 hour “hunger” strike.
Alec Baldwin has announced he’s going to take part in a “24-hour hunger strike,” also known as a diet or intermittent fast, as some sort of “protest” against President Trump.
“Ethel Kennedy, the 90-year-old widow of Robert F. Kennedy, has joined Alec Baldwin, Evan Rachel Wood, Sen.Elizabeth Warren and more big names in a hunger strike protesting President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.”They wait until the sixth paragraph to inform readers that their “hunger strike” consists of a 24-hour intermittent fast.
“The fast, which started Saturday, will last for 24 days, in honor of the estimated 2,400 children who have been separated from their parents due to Trump’s policy. Each participant is asked to fast for 24 hours and make a donation in place of the meals they would have eaten.”
I don’t know about you, folks, but I remember times when I wouldn’t eat for 24 hours due to working a couple of jobs, needing to sleep at some point, and being a few hours shy of a payday.
And you can’t tell me that these Hollywood hoaxers haven’t all fasted at some point in their lives, especially given the physical demands of weight gain and weight loss that Tinsel Town asks of them.
A protest should be a mutual inconvenience, and no one participating should feel comfortable. That’s the entire point; making sure that your target feels the same suffering that you and those you’re protesting in honor of are feeling. Losing a quick 4 pound doesn’t count, and it never has.
Grow up, Hollywood, and get your head in the game if you want to be a part of the discussion; otherwise, just stick to ruining Michael Crichton’s legacy on the regular.